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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgojomo Date: May 17, 2007 2:40pm
Forum: web Subject: Re: Why seeing current info on old website?

Three things can contribute to making this sort of 'time drift' happen:

- The Wayback Machine always substitutes the 'nearest date' when requesting a page via browsing, and sometimes the nearest date can be years away

- When requesting a page via browsing that has not been archived, it is requested from the live web, archived, and shown in place. This often helps a lot with graphical elements that haven't changed, and helps 'patch' the archive over time, but can be confusing for main content.

- Some pages use linking/navigation tricks (like in Javascript) that are not properly 'fenced' into our archive when browsing, so you can wind up being redirected (or having part of the page, such as a frame, redirected) to a direct request fro mthe current website.

These are limitations of the current generation of Wayback Machine software that we are working to improve.

- Gordon @ IA